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Sonia's Christian only politics damaging Congress

All plum posts fall prey to Sonia's minorityism

Flaunt your Christian connection!

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$img_titleIt seems the UPA government is determined that any institutions it touches, it will besmirch the image and bring down its prestige by a few notches. The chief reason for this is the choice of persons it makes for heading the institutions. The latest is the controversy regarding an extended term for Leela Samson as Director, Kalakshetra. She has been heading it since 2005.

Since then she has a go at least two other major government appointments – Chairman of Sangeet Natak Academy and the Chairman Central Board for Film Certification, popularly known as Censor Board. Other than these, she is a full time artist, performs and teaches Bharatnatyam and runs a school of dance. In fact, following her appointment to the SNA, while she was Director Kalakshetra, the vice chairman, renowned theatre personality resigned protesting the violation of the one-man one-post rule espoused by the Centre. There is no dearth of artists in this country to appoint to these institutions, whether it is SNA or Kalakshetra.

What is most disturbing is the reason why persons are being chosen by the UPA government. It searches for people with non-Hindu credentials. Leela Samson has the added qualification in her CV. She taught Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Bharatnatyam!

And what does Leela Samson do when she takes over Kalakshetra? She sets about meticulously erasing all Hindu symbols and rituals from the campus, from the certificates, invitations and all possible other expressions. The tone and tenor of teaching changes. Emphasis shifts from the core strength of Kalakshetra – classical dance and music – to a bit of theatre, films, book launches and entertainment events. The accompanying two images show the change. This is what they are doing with all cultural institutions De-Hinduise. The image of Lord Ganesha has been replaced with a more ‘secular’ image. To begin with, Kalakshetra was not a Hindu set up, given Rukminidevi Arundale’s Theosophical leanings. But she was definitely not non-Hindu or anti-Hindu in her approach. She accepted and respected the rituals and practices in the larger matrix of Hindu culture. But Leela Samson, who never tires of boasting about learning from Rukminidevi, goes about demolishing all that.

Leela Samson is only one in the long list of hand-picked minority appointments the UPA government has been making under the combine of Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi. Let us do a head-count. The Prime Minister of India, the Vice President of India, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, the Chairman Planning Commission, the incoming Army Chief, the incumbent Navy Chief, the foreign secretary, NHRC Chairman, the Attorney General of India, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister are all minorities. It is not possible that these were mere coincidences and not deliberate. So many crypto-Christians, like late Rajasekhara Reddy, Jagan Reddy, Ambika Soni, we cannot identify at first glance and the list is endless. Most of these people named have been nominated by a single source, sometime, in preference to other equally, if not more, qualified persons. Even in the case of Hindus appointed, there is Christian connection in their personal relations like Anand Sharma, Satish Sharma, Navin Chawla, Manmohan Singh, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Prithviraj Chavan, Amrinder Singh etc. This aspect seems to have been all important qualification. So much so that now it has become public talk. 

Under Sonia’s Congress, in the past seven years three committees were appointed to study and find remedy for Uttar Pradesh. And all of them were headed by AK Antony, a man who is not fluent in any tongue other than his native Malayalam. That is the level of trust quotient Sonia places on her co-religionists.

Sam Pitroda is in as many crucial committees as one can imagine. Ahmed Patel is Sonia's political adviser. Sonia's core team consists of AK Antony, Oscar Fernandes, V George, Salman Khurshid, Margret Alva, KV Thomas, Vyalar Ravi, Tom Vadakkan and PJ Kurian.

The entire debate on the names for the next President of India is revolving around the ‘right’ to have a minority as President. The political parties have made it some kind of unwritten code that one Hindu (even if only in name) President should be followed by a minority. Given the population proportion, the turn of one minority president would come only after four majority Presidents. Political parties of all hues are frantically searching only among minority names. The credential, the credibility, dignity and capability of the head of the state of over a billion people are all issues secondary to the religion of the nominee. What a travesty! And the media that sings paeans and panders to the ‘secular’ tune played by the politicians has not kicked up a serious debate on the issue.

Minority pandering and pleasing has become such a political compulsion that Baba Ramdev is talking about religion-based reservation to Muslims! That is a rather mean stab coming from a person who was hitherto seen as a nationalist Indian. 


Guruji—A drishta, not a Prophet

S Gurumurthy


$img_titleA series of thought provoking and profound articles titled Sri Guruji: A Drishta authored by Sri S Gurumurthy begins in Organiser from this week. The author had originally written on this subject as a long introduction to a book titled Reminiscences of Sri Guruji by Sri K Suryanarayana Rao, a veteran RSS worker, who has intense experience of and with Sri Guruji. The introduction of the author to the book on Guruji is being rewritten and serialised by the author specially for Organiser.   

In his articles, the author studies, investigates, analyses and the far-reaching thoughts and expositions of MS Golwalkar, the second Sarsanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on the philosophical and ideological foundations of Hindu Nation and the unified but diversified cultural ethos of the Hindu society. The author explains how Golwalkar's thoughts and expositions, heavily questioned and harshly criticised in his lifetime, have been validated and vindicated long after he had given expression to them. Madhav Sadhashiv Golwalkar, affectionately called by his students in Benaras Hindu University as “Guruji' – which name later stuck to him for life – laid the ideological foundations of the RSS and, by silent and sustained work, built it into a mighty socio-cultural, national movement under his leadership spanning over three decades.

He led the organisation through the pre and post Partition days, the most turbulent time in the recent history of India and also of the RSS. Post Partition, the most popular and powerful leadership of post Independent India, that had inherited the entire goodwill of the freedom movement, used that power and influence and banned the RSS on false and malicious charges that were later established to be fake and attempted to wipe it out. But the attempt failed and the RSS emerged out of the ordeal without blemish and became more and more powerful to finally emerge as the most powerful organisation in the country. How Guruji led the RSS at that critical time is a profound lesson and unprecedented example of outstanding leadership in crisis. And how the swayamsevaks, inspired and led by him, faced the onslaught of the pre-constitutional Indian government, that had no constitutional injunctions against use of state power, is story of high risk, sacrifices and courage for the RSS itself and the organisations inspired by it to study, imbibe and emulate in future. Guruji established the basic truth that, when everything goes against, an organisation sails through the crisis aided only by unwavering conviction in its foundational thoughts.

In the upcoming series, the author brilliantly and with illustrations, explains how, like all saints and seers spoke ahead of time, Guruji also looked beyond his times and at the future of India and the world, while placing his profound thoughts before their times had arrived. In his mission to keep the profound thoughts and the mission based on them alive through the complex and turbulent times, Sri Guruji repeatedly transcended the compulsions, the complexities and the arresting influences of the context in which he lived. The author explains how Guruji voluntarily, and even gladly, risked being misunderstood and faced unpopularity repeatedly tell the unpleasant truth contrary to the main and but superficial discourse of the day, to keep alive the foundational truths about this ancient nation deep in the inner consciousness of the people of the country. 

The author draws a parallel between the dissent of Guruji to the main discourse of his times and the dissenting views against the majority judgement in judicial cases. Comparing Guruji's dissent to the ruling ideas of his times to dissent by a judge in judicial proceedings differing from the majority judgement, the author says like the dissent by a judge in a judicial case is regarded as an appeal by the dissenting judge to the future conscience of the judiciary, the dissenting expressions of Guruji was an appeal to the future conscience of the people of India. The author quotes judicial authority that describes the philosophy of dissenting judgements thus: “A dissent … is an appeal to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of a future day, when a later decision may possibly correct the error into which the dissenting judge believes the court to have been betrayed.” The author says that it was in this spirit that Guruji, while keeping alive the fundamentals of this ancient nation in his times and through his thoughts and expositions, was making an appeal to the future conscience of the people and the leadership of India in various walks of life.

Who is a Hindu?

Both Indian and Western commentators tend to use such terms as “militant Hinduism”, “Hindu fundamentalism”, “religious revivalism”, or “reactionary Hinduism” to describe the ideology of the (RSS) movement, although these terms may seem inappropriate category for the study of Hindu religious phenomena. Hinduism is without foundation texts, defined dogmas, and institutional structures that are characteristic of most varieties of fundamentalism in other belief systems. This point of view finds frequent expression in modern Indian thinking, with emphasis on Hindu view of life as grounded in a spiritual experience that is essentially rational and humanistic.”

Resembles the speeches delivered decades ago by Guruji Golwalkar among his followers? Yes, it is Golwalkar's thoughts. But not his words. Now go further.

"No precise meaning can be ascribed to the terms 'Hindu', 'Hindutva' and ‘Hinduism’ and no meaning in the abstract can confine it to the narrow limits of religion alone, excluding the content of Indian culture and heritage"; "Ordinarily, Hindutva is understood as a way of life or a state of mind and is not to be equated with or understood as religious Hinduism.”

Rings like Guruji’s words uttered somewhere some half a century ago? Yes, it is his views. But not his words.

Neither of the two quotes are in Guruji's words. But both carry Guruji's thoughts. These views were expressed long after—actually three decades—after Guruji passed and several decades before that Guruji had expressed these very thoughts. 

Fundamentalism Project in US agrees with Guruji decades later

The first quote, which contains Guruji's thoughts but not in his words, is that what the editors of the five volume Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences involving international group of scholars had approvingly allowed. It is an extract from the essay “The functioning of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh: To Define the Hindu Nation” by Ainslee T Embree. Embree’s essay is contained (at pages 618-619) in the book titled Accounting for Fundamentalisms: Dynamic Character of the Movements, p.617-52, Volume 4 Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Chicago University Press ISBN: 0-226-50885-4). This book is the fourth of the mammoth five-volume research work on the emerging phenomenon of religious fundamentalism produced by the authors of the Fundamentalism Project in 1995, more than two decades after Guruji had passed away. The author has independently evaluated the ideological premises of the RSS – read Guruji's thoughts – and accepted his thoughts almost in the very words Guruji had uttered them.

When the Fundamentalism Project says that “to use such terms as “militant Hinduism”, “Hindu fundamentalism”, “religious revivalism”, or “reactionary Hinduism” to describe the ideology of the (RSS) movement, although these terms may seem inappropriate category for the study of Hindu religious phenomena” it is only repeating what Guruji had said decades earlier. Guruji had also pointed out the difference between rejuvenated Hinduism and reactionary Hinduism and explained how rejuvenation of Hinduism is wrongly labelled as “revivalism” and “reactionary”. Guruji had been consistently and with mathematical precision, articulating the difference between “positive” Hinduism and “negative” or “reactionary Hinduism”. By taking the most sensitive issue of cow slaughter as an example Guruji says that while reinstating faith among Hindus in cow protection is positive Hinduism, the views of those Hindus who had opposed cow slaughter not because of love of cow, but because Muslims kill them constituted “reactionary” and “negative” Hinduism (Bunch of Thoughts (p. 70) Book comprising the speeches of Guruji given over decades compiled in 1960 and printed and published as the first edition 1966: publishers: Jagarana Prakashana; Kempegowda Nagar; Bengaluru-560019). More on the Fundamentalism Project and how their view agrees and approves of Guruji's thoughts in the later parts of the series.

(To be continued)

About the Author

$img_titleSwaminathan Gurumurthy, popularly known as S Gurumurthy, is a well-known writer, journalist and a respected corporate adviser. Hamish McDonald, well-known Australian journalist, wrote in his book Polyester Baron, that Shri Gurumurthy had ‘a strong sense of probity’. Highly rated for his investigative exposes, Shri Gurumurthy has been ceaselessly campaigning against corruption at high places since mid 1980s. Hamish McDonald also wrote in his book that Gurumurthy’s investigative work 'must rank among the most powerful examples of investigative journalism anywhere in the world'.

Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai invited Shri Gurumurthy to run a course on the Indian economic, business and financial model for the MBA students this year. He is now a Visiting Faculty at IIT Mumbai. He is also a Distinguished Professor in Tumkur University to guide their economic research team. His intellectual and professional credentials are well-known. Business Baron magazine rated his knowledge of economics, finance and accounts as 'outstanding'. His range of interest and knowledge touch upon a complex set of disciplines including religion and philosophy, history and culture, economics and sociology. Contrary to so-called modern view, which believes that tradition and contemporary world cannot co-exist, he believes that, for most majority people, tradition does not contradict the  contemporaneous world,  but actually acts as an anchor to handle it.


Weak regime takes to vilification of stalwarts

Shivaji Sarkar

$img_titleThe system of governance is getting more and more baised on vindictiveness, pettiness and the official machineries are being used to harass and malign political opponents. Else why the tallest among Indian leaders Shri LK Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi or the best Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, lauded by the Time magazine, be dragged by CBI for crimes they have never committed.

There is a contrast in Jagan Mohan Reddy of Andhra Pradesh. He and his father YS Rajasekhara Reddy were perceived saints till they sailed with the Congress. No sooner Jagan quit the Congress, he and his family is being hounded by the investigation agencies for his alleged amassing of illegal wealth.

If Jagan and Rajasekhara amassed illegal wealth, they did it when they were at the helm of Andhra Pradesh as Congress protégés. Is it not strange that at that time no one bothered about it? Does it mean that if someone is with the ruling clan whosoever be it, could go scot free? Or is it the way to entice people to the fold of ruling clan? Do they want to say that if they are with the ruling clan all their misdeeds would be rewarded and if not would be subjected to vengeful actions? That possibly explains how a central cabinet minister and his son are evading prosecution in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

This seems to be the motto in harassing Shri Advani, Shri Joshi, Shri Modi, Shri Ashok Singhal, Sushri Uma Bharati and even actions against Shri Bangaru Lakshman.

The agencies want to build up a case for prosecuting (persecuting!) Shri Advani for his supposed role in the demolition of Sri Ramjanmabhoomi disputed structure. The case being build upon the “theory” that Shri Advani was a part of the “conspiracy”. It is public knowledge that Shri Advani was the first to regret the demolition.

The issue is also time barred and the court is looking into the issue. It only exposes the CBI that they preferred to sit on the case till the political climate turned difficult for the rulers. They considered it fit to rake it up for diverting attention.

Trying to build up false cases against Shri Advani, Shri Joshi and other BJP leaders apparently has only a political purpose. The leaders are being tried to be dragged into a dead case. Elections are not very far off. Political temperature within and outside Parliament is heating up. A defensive establishment facing innumerable charges of corruption and wrong doings by its senior ministers takes pleasure in taking shelter under issues which have long become virtual non-issues.

The establishment is well aware that revival of the cases would lead only to wasteful public expenditure. Sri Ramjanmabhoomi is an issue of faith; courts themselves have averred a number of times. Even the Ayodhya judgement has accepted the fact that the worshippers of Ram have the virtual claim to the land.

If that is the fact, why the leaders are being tried to be persecuted for something they have not done. It appears that a cornered ruling clan is taking resort to retributive measures just to divert public attention. Hitting below the belt has become the style.

Two FIRs were lodged on December 6, 1992, the first being against unknown karsevaks and another one against Shri Advani and seven other leaders. On December 12, 1992, CBI took over the investigation and on October 5, 1993, it filed chargesheets in the two cases against 40 persons, including Shri Advani, before a Lucknow court.

On May 4, 2001, the Lucknow judge dropped proceedings against Shri Advani and seven others. On May 20, 2010, the High Court had dismissed CBI's plea against separation of trial between two FIRs of 1992 as also dropping the conspiracy charge against Shri Advani. CBI had moved the apex court against the High Court order last year.

The sequence of events suggest that the present CBI move is not an action for restoring the judicial process. On the contrary, it appears that they are taking shelter under the process with an obvious aim of vilifying the leaders and their party.
Rightfully the leaders have told the court that CBI plea that challenged the quashing of conspiracy charges against them amounted to abuse of process of law.
Similarly, targeting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi transcends the process of law. The Supreme Court appointed special investigation team (SIT) exonerated him of the charges levelled against him for the post-Godhra riots. 
The SIT has said that Shri Modi took all possible steps to control the 2002 post-Godhra riots and questioned the motive behind filing a complaint against him by a riot victim four years after the communal violence.
The release of the Amicus Curiae’s comments on the SIT created an almost cinematic excitement. For the last ten years, Shri Modi is growing in power and legitimacy, successful in electoral contests, competent in generating investment and being seen as a World Bank favourite for his enthusiasm for governance. Time and Brookings had already cast him as a future PM, the Indian answer to China.
The publication of SIT report asking for a closure of the investigations around the 2002 riots by itself would have compounded the legitimacy. Modi was proving to be an unstoppable juggernaut when the legal system produced one of its lethal googlies.
The release of Amicus Curiae Raju Ramachandran report on the Gulbarga Society incident created a virtual media festival.
Media went over the top, contrasting the reports playing them out as two ways of telling a story. It was almost as if Modi had a right to continue as CM but doubts were created around his future as PM. What a twisting of facts!
Consciously or unconsciously, newspapers have blunted his future, contending that what is good for Gujarat may not be right for India.
It speaks of a kind of media management by rivals of the BJP. What they could not achieve from the courts, they are trying to gain through the Press. The Press needs to question itself whether it has been objective or taken a biased view against Modi.
The Press did not question how the Amicus Curiae could suggest prosecution of Modi.
The non-BJP opposition may take solace in the fact that they are being spared. In reality, it is not so. Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati has cases pending against her. So has Samajwadi Party leaders. These cases are being used as tools to force them to kowtow the central government. They need to realise these are dangerous methods used by repressive regimes in various Middle Eastern, African and some Central Asian countries.
The opposition has been fighting these cases piecemeal adhering to the concept of good democratic norms. They need to realise their opponents have little nicety. The battles cannot be fought merely in the portals of courts. It is the worst kind of political corruption. The BJP has to fight it politically. It needs to take all other political parties on board with it. It is a vilification process that has to be fought strongly.
People have to be made aware of this dangerous process. Some of it was witnessed before the imposition of Emergency in June 1975. Opposition leaders were targets in the vilification process and later these reasonings were used in the courts to put the leaders behind bars.
One only hopes that the country is not heading for another bad days. But the nation must not sit quiet. The opposition parties need to increase dialogues and cooperation among themselves. They should not create a pariah among themselves. It was the opposition unity that could end the Emergency and restore the rule of law. The nation is looking for it once more for freedom from poor governance and policy paralysis.
Maligning stalwarts and performing leaders may create some media hype. One must not think that people are gullible and can be misled. A united move by the opposition can make the process easier.


BJP emerging force in Tamil Nadu

Top national leaders attend 5th State Conference

V Shanmuganathan

$img_titleMore than two lakh people attended the day long Fifth State Conference of the BJP in the temple town Madurai on May 10, 2012. The massive turnout of people across the State has made the Tamil Nadu unit of BJP to become a formidable player in State politics.

In the conference the BJP focused to preserve the specialities of Tamil language, literature, culture, and its greatness. It organised exhibition, music and dance programmes in the venue.

The State President of BJP, Thiru. Pon. Radhakrishnan, called upon the workers to take up the challenge of being an alternative to the two major Dravidian parties. He hoped that the conference would be a turning point in the State politics.
Leaders of the State L Ganesan, CP Radhakrishanan, H Raja, and many more people attacked the rule of DMK for the failure to protect the interests of Tamilians in Sri Lanka. Bus fare revision and poor power supply management of the present government was also criticised.

$img_titleP Murlidhar Rao, National Secretary, said the party’s objective is to organise the next conference in Chennai while holding the reins of power in Fort St. George. If the BJP becomes powerful in Tamil Nadu, there would not be any challenge from divisive forces in the form of bomb threats and blasts.

The State unit of the medical cell, guided by Dr. Rajendiran and Dr V Aravinda Reddy organised, medical test for diabetes by eminent diabetologists for one lakh people.
BJP is not a mother-son party

All India BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari came to the conference venue along with the All India organising secretary Shri Ram Lalji and V Satish.

He hoisted the party's flag at the venue of the conference and lighted the kuthuvilakku (Lamp) placed in front of the majestic Meenakshi Devi statue on dais.

Shri Nitin Gadkari, appreciated the State president and his team of office bearers for organising the huge gathering of people inside the conference hall and outside. Shri Nitin Gadkari, spoke in a thundered voice, and said that the ‘Bad Time’ for the Congress has started and BJP led alliance will capture power in the next Lok Sabha elections.

The country is suffering because of rising prices, growing unemployment, declining exports, corruption and poverty. This miserable situation is created by Congress led UPA, Shri Gadkari said.

He emphasised that the wrong economic policies and corruption is making people’s life miserable. BJP is working hard to set the situation right. The Vajpayee-led NDA government had envisaged a 12 per cent growth rate and ensured 9 per cent but this has decreased to 5.5 per cent under the UPA’s rule. Congress Party and its southern ally DMK did not do anything to prevent the killings of Tamilians in Sri Lanka during the ethnic strife and attacks on fishermen from Tamil Nadu.

Shri Gadkari said he had told in Colombo that addressing these issues was of primary importance for cordial relationship between the two countries.

He made a dig at the Congress and said that the BJP is not a mother-son or father-son party. Anyone can grow through the ranks to reach the top. Citing his own example, he said he had risen from being a grass roots worker to being party chief. He charged the Congress Party for trying to conspire to distance the BJP from minorities, especially the Muslims, by branding it as communal and anti-Muslim. Shri Gadkari said, the party is beyond any such divisions and recalled the candidature of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam being proposed for presidential poll earlier.

Total ban on conversions

Shri LK Advani, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Shri Venkaiah Naidu came to the venue of conference in the afternoon session.

M Venkaiah Naidu charged the UPA for failing on all fronts including economy and security. He promised to spend 60 per cent of the budgetary allocations on agriculture, if voted to power. Shri Naidu said BJP will impose ‘total ban’ on religious conversions besides dealing with terrorism with an ‘iron hand’. He also said Ram Setu would be declared a national heritage.

Entire nation is concerned about the plight of Tamilians in Sri Lanka

Smt Sushma Swaraj spoke about her recent visit to Sri Lanka. The unity and integrity of Sri Lanka should be respected in the same way as that of India. She questioned, why, when Sri Lanka’s respected Tamil leader R Sampanthan says that he wants Tamilians to remain in a united Sri Lanka, certain leaders in Tamil Nadu wants to promote Tamil separatism in Sri Lanka. Her statement was an obvious attack on M Karunanidhi, the DMK leader who recently said that Sri Lanka should be divided to carve out a separate state called Tamil Eelam. She also criticised both the DMK and the AIADMK for not joining them in their fact finding mission to Sri Lanka and pointed out Sri Lanka made no restrictions whatsoever in meeting all people displaced by the war and the people told them all their grievances without any hindrance.

Huge gathering

Senior party leader L K Advani traced the evolution of the BJP party. He said from being one of the four recognised political parties after the 1952 general elections, it had grown to become strong alternative force to the Congress Party. He emphasised that India can become a super power only when there is a government known for good governance and that can promote welfare of the common man and ensure the security of the country in all respects. The BJP is the only party which aims to bring happiness in the life of common people and make Bharat a super power. First time, I am seeing such a mammoth gathering of audience, which has crossed six digits of numbers. I am happy that Tamil Nadu has started to respond and support BJP very well, he said.

Thus the conference generated hope and confidence in the minds of the large gathering of workers, admirers, supporters and the new entrants of the BJP.

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